Donald Trump plays both sides (incoherently) in India-Pakistan conflict, swoons over Pakistani leader

Today: "Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people." Last month: "I am a big fan of Hindu"

Brendan Gauthier
December 1, 2016 2:55AM (UTC)

While his son-in-law mends ties between Israel and Palestine, Donald Trump sets his world peacekeeping sights on South Asia.

Trump on Wednesday took a call from Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, who congratulated the president-elect on his Electoral College victory.


According to a Facebook post by the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), the majority party in the country's National Assembly, Trump told Sharif:

You have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work[,] which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see[ing] you soon. As I am talking to you[,] Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long. Your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems. It will be an honor and I will personally do it.

In the past, Trump has been a vocal e-critic of Pakistan for "providing safe sanctuary" to slain al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden:

Trump made similarly flimsy appeals to Hindus, the majority faith in Pakistan's neighbor and regional rival India, during the general election.

"If I am elected president, the Indian and Hindu community will have a big friend in the White House," the real estate billionaire told a crowd at "Humanity Against Terror," an event in Edison, New Jersey, last month that focused on the bloody 69-year border war for Kashmir between India and Pakistan.


"I am a big fan of Hindu [sic], and I am a big fan of India," he gushed. "Big, big fan."

Last month, Trump's campaign released an iMovie-style political ad targeting Hindu voters. The ad has since been deleted, but Trump's botched attempt at Hindi is unforgettable:

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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